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Friday , Jul , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Toronto sending Bosh to Houston for Ariza, Battier, and Scola?

The Houston Rockets would like to snag one of the top free-agent power forwards, such as Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire, but it would have to do a sign-and-trade deal in order to get under the salary cap.

Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears has learned from his league sources that the Rockets are offering Trevor Ariza, Shane Battier, and free agent Luis Scola to other teams in hopes of getting such a deal done.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It may be the only way the Toronto Raptors salvage a bad situation.

After seven years with the Raptors, Chris Bosh is leaving the organization. He's tapped the mat twice and is out. CB4 and The Big Smoke are no more.

Just one question remains: will Bosh ink a new contract with Toronto as part of a sign-and-trade or will he - and he alone - pick his new home?

The answer is significant for both player and team.

If Bosh and Toronto can arrange a sign-and-trade, he could add an extra year and $30 million onto his contract, while the Raptors could get back compensation.

However, if Bosh selects and signs with his next team, he would have to take a shorter term for less money, while the Raptors would get no compensation.

And Houston has the best legitimate sign-and-trade offer. Consider that this trio of Rockets would instantly transform the Raptors into a more defensive and balanced squad.

Ariza and Battier are first-class stoppers. And Scola is a gritty and skilled international star who would love a multi-cultural city like Toronto -without falling prey to the nightlife like last summer's big ticket signing. 

Of course, the choice is Bosh's. But Toronto must convince him to do a sign-and-trade. After all, getting Ariza, Battier and Scola would be far better than getting nothing.

-- O.Sandor

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Grant Hill Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.

A 15-year veteran, Hill (Pacific) was one of six divisional winners, which included Atlanta’s Al Horford (Southeast), Boston’s Ray Allen (Atlantic), Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison (Central), Denver’s Chauncey Billups (Northwest) and Houston’s Luis Scola (Southwest).

Hill also won the award for the 07-08 and 04-05 seasons.
 

 

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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Aaron Brooks to Be Named Most Improved Player

Sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to 11 Sports that Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks will be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Thursday.

Brooks’ averages increased in every major statistical category with the exception of free throw shooting percentage in 2009-2010.

The 3rd year man out of Oregon averaged 19.6 points per game and had 5.6 assists for a Rockets team that did better than most expected, due in large part to way Brooks played.

On January 13 Brooks had a career high 43 points in a triple overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also became the 6th player in NBA history to make over 200 3-pointers and collect over 400 assists in a single season.
 
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Monday , Mar , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Yao Ming Could Opt out this Summer

Yao Ming said Saturday he was “not sure” if the uncertainty with the NBA's labor negotiations would lead him to become a free agent this summer.

Yao said he has not considered his options, but was noncommittal about whether he might opt out of his contract.

“I'm sure I'm not sure until after we discuss (it),” Yao said. “We have not started (to) discuss it yet, so I'm not sure, either way. I have to talk to my agent first before we start to decide where I need to go. If you ask my agent, he will say, ‘I have to ask Yao and we will start discussing it.'”

Yao's agent, John Huizinga, had no comment.

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Trevor Ariza or Ron Artest?
Wednesday , Mar , 24 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Trevor Ariza or Ron Artest?

The Quick Hit: The powers that be within the Los Angeles Lakers should ask themselves this question: Why did they spend last summer ‘fixing’ what wasn’t broken?

Last July, after winning the NBA Title, the purple-and-gold decided not to re-sign blue-collar Trevor Ariza and instead inked Ron Artest to a multi-year deal for mid level exception money.

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